Sunday, October 22, 2006

Oops, we did it again...

Back in 2004 I climbed the Great Wall of China outside Beijing on my birthday.

We also checked out a few temples...

hung out in Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City...

and toured the Summer Palace and the Ming Tombs.

Several thousand years of history flashed by us in just a few days. It was awe-inspiring, but it wasn't why we were there.

Two days later we flew deep into the northern heart of China, to a city called Lanzhou. It was on top of a mountain near the edge of the Gobi Desert. It was a desolate city of only four million people (in China a city that small barely makes it on to maps).

But in this city we would reach the goal of three long, hard years of waiting, paperchasing and praying. While we were flying to this city a bus was making its way through the mountains from a place even more remote. We reached our hotel just a few minutes after that bus. We rushed down to the hotel's ballroom. The room was filled with people and we had to fight to try and get across it. We could see our goal but mo matter which way we turned someone blocked us. We were ready to scream in frustration!!

Then finally an opening appeared and we raced the last steps. Before us stood a small woman holding a baby tightly wrapped in several layers of pajamas. With a smile she hand the child to Misseswether.

The journey didn't end there. It took another two weeks spent in assorted government offices across China before finally being able to return home. By the end we were exhuasted both mentally and physically. This adventure had been the hardest thing I have EVER done in my life. And remember, my life contains such things as having all my ribs broken and getting a silly Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry, neither things were walks in the park. Getting Miniwether burned us down to the soul but it was worth every drop of blood, sweat and tears.

Well, sometime in this coming week we'll getting another letter. In this letter will be photographs and the medical history of another baby girl somewhere in China. A few weeks later we'll board a plane and fly there to get her. It'll be two-three weeks of government offices, ancient temples, beuracrats, strange food and stranger bathrooms. It'll be a hell of a trip. I can't wait!!


Chris said...

My name is Chris Davis and have been reading your blog for about 6 months now. I stumbled across it by accident while looking for information on paddling Spring Creek. (Kayak) Anyway, I have never left a comment so I thought this would be a good time to do so. My deepest congratulations to you and the whole Wether family! Good luck.

Merriwether the Adventurer said...

Thank you! In the coming weeks we'll need all the luck we can get.

Have you had a chance to paddle down Spring creek yet? The current flow rate as of 10/23/06 is PERFECT!!

Anonymous said...

Yeah!!!!! I'm so excited for you all! I can't wait to hear ALL about your new baby girl!!! E-Mail me!!


Chris said...

not yet, but very much looking forward to it. It's just been hard for me and the wife to find someone to watch our 8 month old for a whole day and every chance we get either the cfs is to slow or the weather sucks.

Merriwether the Adventurer said...


I know what you mean. Timing is everything on Spring creek, but when the water is flowing it is an AWESOME trip. And now that the temporary dam over by Riley-Fuzzel is gone it's a much safer trip, though maybe not safe enough for an 8-month old. :-(